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Guinness returns title of fastest production car to Bugatti

April 16, 2013|By David Undercoffler
  • Guinness has reassigned the world record for fastest production car to the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. It hit just over 267 mph in a 2010 test.
Guinness has reassigned the world record for fastest production car to… (Bugatti )

Bugatti and Guinness World Records have kissed and made up.

After revoking the title of world’s fastest production car last week from Bugatti’s Veyron Super Sport because the car’s speed limiter was deactivated during the tests, Guinness has announced the record will hold.

The 1,184-horsepower Veyron Super Sport set the 267.86 mph record in 2010. Guinness recently revoked the record, saying in a statement that it needed to more carefully evaluate the validity of the claims.

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"Guinness World Records is reviewing all 'production car' record categories with expert external consultants to ensure our records fairly reflect achievements in this field," the organization said in the statement.

But last Friday, Guinness announced that the changes to the Veyron did not affect the car’s top speed.

"Having evaluated all the necessary information, Guinness World Records is now satisfied that a change to the speed limiter does not alter the fundamental design of the car or its engine," the group said in a statement.

This means a Veyron holds two top-speed records. The closed-roof Super Sport is the fastest production car in the world, while its open-topped variant — dubbed the Vitesse — is the world’s quickest car of its kind.

The Super Sport and Vitesse are the hyper-quick versions of the already insane Veyron and Grand Sport. All cars feature all-wheel-drive, and quadruple-turbocharged W-16 engines. Highway 1 tested the Grand Sport in 2012, in addition to a Lamborghini Aventador and McLaren MP4 12C.


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